Fighting Poverty with Passion
It has been an exciting start to 2015, both professionally and personally.
At the Cowen Institute so far:
In my personal life, I took a roadtrip to Orlando with some friends, have been a little less strict about my veganism (but hey, it was a strong 4 months), and have been to all sorts of great events around the city, from NBA games to fundraisers to good ol’ fashioned Mardi Gras fun.
There have been many reasons to celebrate my life, my job, my friends, and there are plenty of opportunities to be thankful for all that I have experienced. It is with this lens of gratitude that I try to view my aggravating obstacles at work. For the second time in my term, I have been a few mere steps away from completing a new website for my organization, and for the second time a decision was made that was far out of my hands, and the work has to be delayed. Losing some of my favorite colleagues was unexpected and unwelcome as well. We are a small organization in a volatile environment, but I still never anticipated this amount of change and turnover at Cowen Institute. The best I can do is treat hardships or roadblocks in my productivity as learning experiences, keep my head down and keep doing the work that is in my control. I have far more responsibility than when I started my term, but I also have more know-how and resources at my disposal to make sure things get done. While there are some gray nasty parts of my work environment behind me, the future is still up in the air.. which leads me to this tried and true maxim:
As I have likely ended most of my blogs here, I will say that there is lots to do ahead of me, and I remain optimistic! When things get crazy and I’m busy, I try to take a deep breath and just keep on smiling.